The Dalata Group has secured planning permission for a €36 million plan to turn its Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport into one of the largest in the country, according to the Irish Examiner.
Last month, Fingal County Council approved the addition of a 367-room extension at the hotel, which was previously known as Bewley’s Airport Hotel.
Plans were for lodged for the extension, which represents a 78 percent jump in bed capacity at the 466-bedroom hotel, against the background of overwhelming demand for rooms at the hotel.
The plans were lodged by the Moran & Bewley Hotel group last year prior to the hotel being sold in a nine-hotel deal to the Dalata group in a €455 million transaction.
In planning documents lodged with Fingal County Council, the hotel announced that, From January 1 through September 20, it had turned away 54,000 group room nights because the hotel had no space. Outlining the business case for the extension, the hotel stated that this figure does not take account the thousands of individuals the hotel turns away because of capacity constraints. For the same period, the hotel was reportedly sold out on 148 nights, or 56 percent of the time when business was turned away.
The hotel group told Fingal Council that, in five out of the preceding 12 months, occupancy was in excess of 90 percent.